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BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give?

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1 BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:35 pm

Jack


Admin
Your son, Ken, is twelve now. He loves the outdoors. You live near the edge of a suburban town, so he's often out hiking in the wooded area outside of town.

Recently Ken has been having trouble being on time. He wanted to go hiking this morning, because a storm front is due this afternoon. You told him that was fine, but you also pointed out that he needed to do some work on a school project, and he had chores to do. The two of you negotiated a time, and you reminded him that the last time he was late, you let him know he was out of chances.

Time has come and gone, and you went to find Ken.

You find him right where you thought he'd be.

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"Oh, hi Dad. Is it that time already? Somebody dumped some garbage over here, and I got busy picking it up."

What's your line?


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2 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:37 pm

John Boy


Sherrif
Finish cleaning it and head home, we need to talk about it. I need to either give him a watch or a lesson in how to use one LOL. Razz

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3 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:44 pm

Iconoclast


Trailboss
He won't melt, so I will not worry about the rain. He will probably come home when he is soaking wet!

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4 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:50 pm

David M. Katz


Marshall
I'm with JB.  I think this one gets a pass but we do need to have a serious talk and he needs a watch and/or a phone.

But, do I really want that "switch" he's holding to go to waste?  Twisted Evil   Razz 


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5 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:53 pm

John Boy


Sherrif
David M. Katz wrote:I'm with JB.  I think this one gets a pass but we do need to have a serious talk and he needs a watch and/or a phone.

But, do I really want that "switch" he's holding to go to waste?   Twisted Evil   Razz 
and I was thinking the same thing on the switch Razz Twisted Evil

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6 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:38 pm

AFinch


Sherrif
I'm with the others. He's not "just late"--he's clearing up someone else's mess. That may be something for which he'll get no credit later on (no good deed ever goes unpunished--I'm the poster boy for that phrase), but it's still "the right thing to do".

Not sure how far off the grid this wooded area is--but I think a limited use cellphone is probably a more useful item than a watch. That way, he can tell me WHY he's going to be late, and I can give him my blessing (which I would in this case), or tell him that he needs to get home NOW.

7 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:48 pm

db105


Trailboss
I guess I agree. My gut instinct is that CP should be reserved for something worse. At least let's try to use technology to help him with his 'forgetfulness'. A cellphone can be used to communicate with him and I can make sure he programs the alarm before leaving.

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8 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:36 am

Stone Man


Marshall
As others have suggested, I think its time for a basic cell phone and/or a GMRS radio so he could initiate contact when he wishes to be late for a good reason.

9 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:06 am

ivor


Marshall
If nothing else it needs to be pointed out to Ken that he isn't exactly dressed for picking up garbage. While it is good of my son to be so concerned, I don't want him doing it while attired as here.

Assuming there is some evidence he has indeed been doing what he claims, then there will be no consequences. If there isn't, well he doesn't have a lot to take off when we get home....

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10 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:28 am

MemoryMan


Sherrif
...............you let him know he was out of chances.   ......Oh Dear!

Well I'm not going to wait until NEXT Christmas to get him a watch.  At the moment though perhaps a few stingoors will help him remember that time passes so-so quickly when you are having fun.

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11 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:18 am

squarecutter


Sherrif
Ok show me the bin you chucked the litter in as you appear not to have a bag with you nor pockets for it and I see no litter on the ground. Sorry buster, one last chance to avoid having lying to add to your rap sheet. I'm tempted to tell Ken to bring that stick with him as I may have a use for it! ken clearly needs a time piece or a cellphone if he doesn't have already but, he was warned and now I have to make good on it.

12 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:30 am

Padraig


Trailboss
I sympathise with the idea of a phone but I'm not sure it would be wise to take it playing in the woods. But almost certainly he has a watch but didn't wear it. So I will praise him for cleaning up but nevertheless on the way back he will feel some stingers.

13 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:18 am

Kat


Editor Extraordinaire
I assume he is telling the truth, so I'll join with those who are giving him a cell phone. I may have said he was out of chances, but kids' minds just don't work the same way adults' minds do. I'm sure he interpreted my words to mean he is out of last chances unless he has a good reason.

Kat

14 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:01 am

Pi Beta


Deputy
As long as he can give me proof that he's been doing what he claims, he can sit comfortably. In a country area, a two-way radio might be more appropriate - and also useful for shopping trips to the metropolis!

15 Re: BOTD 30 Dec 2013: Which Message to Give? on Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:42 pm

Jack


Admin
For the record, he had been picking up trash. I remember going down to 'the trails' by my mom's house, and there would often be a bunch of beer cans/bottles, and sometimes some junk food wrappers. I figure most of it was from teenagers hanging out weekend nights. There were usually enough sacks he could have picked most of it up and stuck it in those.

I hadn't paid attention to him not having a watch, but what if he already has a phone?

I tend to agree with Kat... Not so much that his brain works differently, but I think he probably did get busy doing something important, and just lost track of things. I might give him a smack or two on the way home, but I'll definitely praise him for cleaning up, and I'll even help carry some of the trash back.


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